Will ‘lessons be learned’?

People’s COVID enquiry The People’s Covid Inquiry, organised by Keep Our NHS Public, presents their finished report. Last February, in the absence of a formal public inquiry into the pandemic, the Inquiry, chaired by the human rights barrister Michael Mansfield...

Machiavellian manoevres by NHS

Is the NHS following Machiavelli? The way the NHS is tackling their massive appointments backlog reminds me of this scheming Renessaisce Florentine. Probably the nicest things one could say about Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was he was cunning, scheming, and...

Time to be selfish!

NHS hasn’t treated cancer patients very well We are wonderful! We stood back, accepted canceled appointments, and didn’t made a fuss.  Now, it’s payback time. Time to check up on appointments we’ve missed, chase up referrals and get back on our...

Survey on working with cancer

Did you continue working after diagnosis? Working With Cancer has initiated a survey “Living and Working With Cancer Study”.which could help those of us who think that life should go on even if we have cancer. Some of us have to continue working during and after...

Wearing what comes naturally

Doing my bit to save the planet Well, COP26 has been and gone.  With all the talk, talk, talk about CO² emissions etc. it made me think;  we’ve all got clothes we never wear – my wardrobe is full of items I am keeping “just in case”. COP26 said...

Letter to my GP

Dear Doctor Do you have a Rottweiller in your surgery? Recently the media has been full of stories about patients unable to book GP appointments; one barrier could be Receptionists who manage to put us off. If we need to see a GP, one reason can be embarrassing...